Here’s what the newly released VLC 3.0 version media player for Android brings are detailed. Back in January VLC v2.9 beta for Android has been introduced the support for Chromecast and the same feature today os out and is rolling out to the public as the V3.0. In addition to other features like the fast seek, playlist files, bug fixes and much more, the latest version adds many new features in the iOS and Mac systems, too.
The VLC 3.0 ‘Vetinari‘ is the update first synchronized release between the desktop app and the mobile media player. With Chromecast support, you can send a video or audio media file to stream on a big screen. If the codecs which you are playing are now supported by Chromecast device, then VLC player will only act as a streaming server, otherwise, VLC will transcode and stream media, which is highly CPU and battery consuming.
Now, the VLC Media Player has received an update to version 3.0, ‘Vetinari’, bringing Chromecast support and hardware accelerated video decoding support for 4K and 8K, VLC 3.0 also brings support for platforms such as Samsung DeX, Android Auto, and Chromebooks.
Popular jack-of-all-codec apps VLC 3.0 update packs a lot of new features. Codenamed ‘Vetinari’, major additions in this version include 10-bit HDR video support, 4K and 8K video hardware decoding, and support for Blu-ray Java. Version 3.0 is also the first VLC version to sync development between its desktop and mobile ports.
It brings Chromecast support and VLC 3.0 can stream audio and video formats to Chromecast devices. It can also transcode and stream media if the Chromecast receiver lacks any third-party media codec support. This feature is still in beta and is expected to improve over time.
Another major addition in the VLC 3.0 is hardware acceleration support on all platforms. VideoLAN, the company behind VLC Media Player says that it will work and improve the Chromecast support in the upcoming releases.
The VLC 3.0 enables hardware decoding using APIs native to the platform. On Windows, this means HEVC decoding using DXVA2 and D3D11, while on Android, HEVC decoding is done using OMX and MediaCodec. On OS X, or macOS and iOS devices, the program will be a bit different, uses a new hardware decoded based on Video Toolbox. This also brings HDR10 support, deinterlacing, and chroma upscaling using Direct3D11 in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Direct3D11 output also works on Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 Mobile. While Android video outputs have also been significantly worked upon and the VLC 3.0 app now supports Oreo’s Picture-in-Picture mode.
In fact, VLC for Android now supports Android platforms such as Samsung DeX, Chromebooks, and Android Auto. Media files can be dragged and dropped on to the VLC icon from other applications and right-clicking the program will open the context menu. On Android Auto, VLC has the ability to let users use their voice commands to play content while driving and the UI is very much relatively simplified. By just saying ‘play [artist/album/song] with VLC Google Assistant can recognize the album, artist, or permission access management, which allows media deletion on internal storage in Oreo builds as well as external devices such as SD cards.
Other important changes in VLC 3.0 include playlist files, delete button, fast seek which you will need to be enabled from Settings. The ability to disable autoloading of subtitles also present. As network browsing for remote file systems also is found, HDMI passthrough for HD audio codecs like E-AC3, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD, 360-degree and 3D Ambisonic audio support added. Apart from the aforementioned list of features, there are usual bug fixes and performance improvements.
Finally, VLC says that its platform is 100% Open Source unlike Chromecast SDK and it is in development with their own streaming stack, rather than using closed-source components.
VLC 3.0 can be downloaded directly from the official website or can be had from the Play Store here for free of cost.